MEX­ICO

Sev­ered heads and 32 bod­ies found in mass grave

Malta Independent - - WORLD -

Mex­i­can au­thor­i­ties have dis­cov­ered 32 bod­ies and nine heads hid­den in mass graves in a south­ern re­gion plagued by violence from drug car­tels. In­ves­ti­ga­tors ex­humed the re­mains of 31 men and one wo­man from a hill­side in Zit­lala, where turf wars be­tween ri­val crim­i­nal gangs are com­mon. “The dis­cov­er­ies are ter­ri­ble” a se­cu­rity spokesper­son said, while the search for any ad­di­tional hid­den graves con­tin­ued in the re­gion. No ar­rests have been made so far. The re­mains were found in 17 dif­fer­ent pits near the vil­lage of Pochahuixco be­tween Tues­day and Thurs­day. State se­cu­rity spokesman Roberto Al­varez told the AFP news agency the graves had been dis­cov­ered fol­low­ing an anony­mous tip, which led to the dis­cov­ery of a kid­nap vic­tim. AFP also re­ported that four heads were found “in­side a cooler”. The town lies in the state of Guer­rero, which has a very high rate of vi­o­lent crime, and is also a sig­nif­i­cant opium pro­ducer. It re­ported more than 1,800 homi­cides be­tween Jan­uary and Oc­to­ber this year. Res­i­dents in an­other town, Tixtla, dis­cov­ered nine de­cap­i­tated bod­ies ear­lier in the week. In­ves­ti­ga­tors are check­ing if the re­mains match the heads dis­cov­ered in Pochahuixco. The re­mains have been sent to the state cap­i­tal to be iden­ti­fied.

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